Holy Week is an important occasion observed by both Christians and Catholics. It is during this time that faithful followers of Christ reflect on the suffering and resurrection of Jesus. Because the Holy Week is an observed holiday throughout the country, parents have the opportunity to teach their kids about the significance of the Holy Week and spend the Holy Week as a family.
Children are intelligent individuals. You’ll be surprised at how easily they can grasp ideas, although children better understand concepts through experience. I guess even adults acquire a better understanding of things when experienced first-hand. Hence, it would be helpful if you can, as a family, participate in community- or church-led activities that are conducted in observance of the Holy Week.
Prior to attending Holy Week activities, prepare your children about what to expect from these activities. A week before the Holy Week, gradually introduce Holy Week to them within the context of your usual casual conversations so it would not seem as if you’re giving them lessons. Cover the entire Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Using child-friendly materials would be helpful and would facilitate better understanding. You may look for cheap pre-loved Bible Story Books at thrift bookshops like Book for Less or Book Sale. You may want to print pictures of the significant events commemorated for each day of the Holy Week. If you’re a techy mommy, you may opt to let your kids watch relevant videos from the Internet or you can prepare a PowerPoint presentation that is customized according to the level of understanding of your children.
After introducing Holy Week to them, let them have an actual experience by doing a role-play. For Palm Sunday for example, let the kids experience waving palms or whatever similar things are available at home as they joyfully welcome Jesus (portrayed by you) in their town. You can let them watch short clips for each day and do a role play. Your kids would surely remember what particular events are commemorated during the Holy Week because they had first-hand experience of it.
During the actual Holy Week, expose them to church and community activities commemorating the Holy Week. They would have a better appreciation of these significant events of Jesus’ life when they saw it with their own little eyes.
These moments can be retained in your kids’ memory as a family bonding time and your family’s annual celebration of the Holy Week can add up to your family culture. Enrich your kids’ faith and knowledge of Christ by teaching it to them and getting them involved. No kid is too young to understand Holy Week.